Life is hectic. It’s easy to lose track and forget to check your tank gauges or to order propane. While running out of propane can be a big inconvenience, it doesn’t seem like it should be a such big deal. That’s why customers often ask why we must perform—and charge them for—a safety check when they’ve let their propane tank hit empty. Can’t we just fill up the tank and be on our way? Not exactly.
It’s about safety. All propane piping and fittings are coated with a pipe-joint compound to seal connections and prevent leaks. But if the pressure changes in the lines—as happens when you run out of fuel—there is the possibility that the joint compound could contract and create a leak. While propane is completely safe under most conditions, it can be highly flammable, so leaking propane lines can be dangerous.
As a result, we perform a pressure test to make sure everything is operating safely when we refill your tank after a runout. These pressure tests are also required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules. According to the National Fuel Gas code, a licensed professional must perform a leak test:
Another benefit of Automatic Delivery service? It helps us plan delivery routes for maximum efficiency, which helps us keep costs down for you!
Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane in your tank in real-time and transmit your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via the wireless mobile app.
Whether it’s reliable deliveries, prompt service, or smart ways to manage fuel costs, homeowners and businesses in Alamance, Caswell, Orange, Person, and Rockingham Counties in North Carolina, and Nottoway, Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Prince Edward in Virginia trust Thomas Bros. for a reason.
Contact us today to learn more.